Welcome to year three of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous two years this will continue to be a little way to highlight an individual (or tag team as the case may be) that had a particularly banner week in terms of storyline or on-air achievement. Just like in previous years, in addition to highlighting a Wrestler of Week, two honorable mentions will also be noted. Throughout the year point totals will be tallied, and they have been enhanced for year three. Each week 10 points will go to the actual Wrestler of the Week, 5 points going to the first Honorable Mention and 3 going to the second Honorable Mention. At the end of the year a Wrestler of the Year will be crowned.
Wrestler of the Week
Sin Cara came back as a refreshed, repackaged character last week on WWE Monday Night RAW. The man formerly under the Sin Cara mask, who performed for many years as Mistico down in Mexico, was replaced by his fellow countryman and longtime foe Hunico. Hunico wore the Sin Cara mask for a storyline against the original back in 2011. No mention was made on air about the performer change, but the height, precision of moves and the giant shoulder tattoo were a dead giveaway. This new Sin Cara made an immediate impact by defeating his fellow countryman and former many time World Champion Alberto Del Rio live on RAW in what was definitely considered a huge upset. Look for Sin Cara’s momentum to grow before what seems like an inevitable showdown with Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania XXX.
The British superstar had a big week on last week’s TNA Impact Wrestling broadcast. In the night’s main event, Magnus defeated his former Main Event Mafia cohort in a Last Man Standing Match, partly in thanks to Bobby Roode’s interference. Magnus now finds himself in the finals of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament, and with no spoilers here, a solid chance of becoming the new TNA World Champion.
Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
The “gaijin” team had a great weekend in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The American duo won New Japan’s World League tag team tournament, defeating Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma in the semi-finals and then Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the finals. The tournament victory sets them up to challenge Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith, Jr. for the IWGP Tag Team Championships on the January 4, 2014 Wrestle Kingdom show in the Tokyo Dome, which is essentially New Japan’s WrestleMania.